Personal Service Lends a Helping Hand

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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“We have helped with packing and moving things into homes,” Kelley said. “The only things we do not do are house cleaning and staying overnight.”


While the Sloanes accept onetime service requests, they pride themselves on developing lasting relationships and friendships with their clients.


“It is a service a lot of people need, so it’s nice to be able to help them,” said Kelley. “It’s fun and I love getting to know and build wonderful relationships with these folks.”


For more information or to book a job, call (859) 219-9207 or send an email to info@letusdothat.com. You can also visit the company’s Web site at www.LetUsDoThat.com.

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the length of your to-do list, perhaps you should call Let Us Do That, a personal assistant service based in Lexington. The name of the company describes how it works quite well: You call, describe the chore you need done and they do it.


Kelley and Susan Sloane, the sisters who founded and run the company, are both experienced personal assistants. Kelley spent 27 years in information technology and marketing before retiring from the corporate world. Susan became a touring tennis professional at age 15 and was ranked 19th in the world after just four years on the tour. She is now a successful real estate agent in Lexington.


Many of the Sloanes’ customers are seniors or people with health issues who can no longer drive and need transportation to various destinations. They may also need someone to accompany them to medical appointments and stay with them during the visit to be sure they understand the doctor’s instructions and get the paperwork sorted out correctly. Other clients want assistance with errands, grocery shopping, vacation home care and general help at home. If you’re returning home after surgery or hospitalization, it can help to have an extra set of hands and feet to take care of everyday tasks. All of these are situations where Let Us Do That can step in and take care of things.


Like many entrepreneurs, Kelley saw a need and decided to fill it.

PERSONAL SERVICE LENDS A HELPING HAND

“I was thinking about the mostly senior people who are at home and living independently these days,” Kelley said. “My first client was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s. She was living by herself but needed help with home administration. We really benefit the children or other caregivers because it takes the pressure off them.”


Kelley’s tech background often comes in handy. She can help clients set up computers and cell phones or even take over business projects.


“One client was a husband and wife with their own business who needed some extra help putting binders together and managing spreadsheets,” Kelley said. “I could do it because of my technical background.”


Services are customized based on need. Fees range from $20 an hour for round-trip transportation to an appointment to $40 an hour for complex activities such as organizing and running a garage sale. When Let Us Do That goes grocery shopping for you ($25 an hour), they bring the items to your home and put them away. They also walk pets. One hour is the minimum per service and the fully insured company is very versatile.

MARTHA EVANS SPARKS & JAMIE LOBER

Martha Evans Sparks and Jamie Lober are Staff Writers for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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